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Harvie Ward

The allure of Foxfire was enhanced by the presence E. Harvie Ward who was the head golf professional from 1975 to 1983.  Ward was once considered “the world’s best amateur golfer.” In a stretch from the late 1940’s through the late 1950’s Ward won an NCAA championship (1949), the British Amateur (1952), the Canadian Amateur (1954) and two consecutive U.S. Amateur titles (1955-56).  He also made 13 appearances in the Masters, eight in the U.S. Open and played on three Walker Cup teams. “Harv,” was loved and well respected in both the Foxfire and Pinehurst communities. When in town, golfers like Jack Nicklaus and “Chi Chi” Rodriguez would stop by Foxfire and play with him.

Edward Harvie Ward, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – September 4, 2004) was an American golfer best known for his amateur career. He is best known for winning both the U.S. Amateur (twice) and the British Amateur. He also won the 1977 North Carolina Open as a professional.

Ward was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina, where he won the NCAA Division I individual title in 1949. He graduated with a degree in economics.


After an acclaimed amateur career, Ward turned professional in 1974, and became a club professional and golf instructor. His best-known student was three-time major winner Payne Stewart. He worked at Foxfire Resort and Country Club, Grand Cypress Golf Club (Orlando, Florida), Interlachen Golf Club (Winter Park, Florida) and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Southern Pines, North Carolina). He played occasionally on the Senior PGA Tour from 1980 to 1990.

Ward was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965, the Carolinas Golf Reporters Association - Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 1996.

--from Wikipedia and The Pilot newspaper